Libro Credit Union announced on Wednesday (Oct. 15) it has been recognized with a national 2014 Workplace Benefits Award, for the Employee Wellness Solutions Network (EWSNetwork) Wellness Program.
Benefits Canada honoured Libro with the Benefits Plan Engagement Award, which recognizes a high-performing employer that has harnessed staff commitment through effective employee engagement. The judging criteria included innovation, leadership, demonstrated people engagement and overall impact.
“We are absolutely thrilled and humbled by this award, since one of our fundamental goals at Libro is to provide opportunities that engage our staff and support a healthy balance between work, family and community,” said Tania Goodine, Libro Credit Union executive vice-president engagement. “Our partnership with the EWSNetwork has produced tremendous results. Not only has the program created more awareness about health across our organization, we are seeing positive trending in the number of sick days and health benefit usage.”
Libro’s Wellness Program features a comprehensive and well-rounded mix of activities, encompassing diverse facets of wellness, highlighted by:
• Customized, individual one-on-one health coaching, where employees voluntarily attend free, 30-minute wellness appointments with a certified EWSNetwork health coach;
• Group initiatives and challenges, featuring on-site exercise classes, lunch and learn series, and team wellness challenges;
• Awareness initiatives, such as health and wellness breaks, walkabouts (distributing green tea, dark chocolate, fruit to staff), and hydration campaigns; and
• Virtual options, including monthly newsletters, recipe campaigns, and personalized wellness portal.
“The engagement award is a perfect fit for an organization like Libro,” said Meaghan Jansen, EWSNetwork founder. “The ongoing support from Libro’s leadership and human resources teams, and the on-site EWSNetwork wellness team has led to the success of participation and engagement within the program.”
Libro staff have responded enthusiastically to the Wellness Program, with an overall employee participation rate of 88 percent.
Libro is Ontario’s second largest credit union with $3.2 billion in assets under administration and 95,000 Owners across southwestern Ontario. As a co-operative financial institution with 70 years of history, Libro supports the well-being of people, businesses and communities by providing high-quality financial coaching and profit sharing.